Airport aims for aviation training academy

POSTED: 10/6/15 9:30 PM


aviation training academyFrom left: The airport’s managing director Regina Labega, acting manager customer service department Suzy Kartokromo, IDTI’s manager training partners and business development Gurjit Gill, manager regional training center The Americas  Theresa Light and, IATA area manager for the Caribbean Lionel van der Walt. Photo SXM

St. Maarten – The International Air Transport Association (Iata) is interested in partnering with the Princess Juliana International Airport, with its aviation training academy, the organization said at a recent meeting between airport representatives and Iata’s training and development institute ITDI its regional office in Miami.

ITDI expressed great interest in exploring the airport’s needs, but more importantly wanted to determine how it could be part of the airport’s aviation training plans through a possible partnership. ITDI offers training in all areas related to the aviation industry except for the training of pilots.

According to Labega, the airport is interested in identifying training areas that would set it aside from the rest of the pack. The discussions therefore focused primarily on the opportunity that presents itself due to the fact that the entire region is in need of an aviation training academy, especially in filling the void in training for the French Caribbean.

“As a multi-lingual destination, we can fill this void,” Labega said.

The possible partnership would endorse the airport as an Iata regional training host. The International Civil Aviation Organization (Icao) would certify the training academy. It would be authorized to host Iata classroom courses, and be included in the global Iata classroom schedule.

The academy would create high-skilled jobs for potential trainers and enhance business in sectors like accommodation, car rentals, restaurants and supermarkets. It would also attract trainees from across the Caribbean.

“Some European countries have also indicated that they would consider training their staff at our academy instead of having to do so in Miami and other areas that may be more expensive,” Labega said.

Support and cooperation from the Civil Aviation Authority of St. Maarten and the full cooperation of government would be critical. “The Civil Aviation Authority is completely on board with this plan,” Labega said.

ITDI, in its vision of becoming the global aviation-training provider of choice, offers top quality training solutions to aviation and travel professionals worldwide. Its approach is to offer practical and relevant training for professional development in areas like air navigation services, ground operations, airport planning, management and operations, cargo, safety, dangerous goods regulations, and aviation law.

With over 430 global training partners in over 90 countries, ITDI has trained more than 95,000 students through its classroom, distance learning, virtual classroom and online training courses.

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  1. Gail Thomas says:


    Is there a 2016 update on this subject please? or who can I contact for more information.

    Gail Thomas